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To Clean or Not to Clean

One of the things you’ll notice about your recordings is that they aren’t perfect. Sometimes the problems are so bad that the only real option is to re-record a particular track, but more often there will just be some misplaced words, stray sounds, or odd background noises on the recording. The question is, what do you do about it?

The first decision is philosophical: Should you do anything to the file at all? There are podcasters who feel that one of the charms of the medium is that you hear dedicated amateurs creating audio programs, and that it’s best to hear them “warts and all.” This is a perfectly valid point of view for many podcasts, and it certainly simplifies your production process. If your podcast must answer to no one but you, and you like the idea of the “raw” podcast, then you can skip on to the next section. If, on the other hand, you need to know how to recover from sonic problems, let’s look at some options.


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